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decide barack obama should lead them for another four years. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." president barack obama says he's more determined and more inspired than ever to do his job. he won re-election after a tough campaign that lasted months and cost billions of dollars. republican challenger mitt romney just couldn't summon enough support to defeat the incumbent. our partners at abc news project obama won in 25 states and washington, d.c. that includes the swing states of virginia, wisconsin and colorado. his victory in the battleground of ohio pushed him past 270, the number of electoral votes needed to win. the latest projections say he secured 303 electoral votes. mitt romney took 206. florida is the only state yet to report. officials there are still counting ballots. reuters says the popular vote was 50% to 49% in obama's favor. obama gave his victory speech in the early hours of wednesday in chicago, illinois. he laid out a vision for his second term. >> the belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an american family and we rise
.s. president barack obama spent little time basking in his reelection win. white house officials and members of congress have already returned to the bargaining table. they're hoping to avert a fiscal crisis by reaching a budget deal. obama spoke with democratic and republican congressional leaders on wednesday shortly after the election. the president sought bipartisan support for deficit cuts and tax reforms to avert a so-called fiscal cliff. the combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts could push the u.s. economy back into recession. house of representatives speaker john boehner said republicans are ready to work with the president on tax reform. many republicans want to keep tax cuts for the wealthy, but democrats are opposed. >> mr. president, the republican majority in the house stands ready to work with you to do what's best for our country. we're willing to accept new revenue under the right conditions. >> boehner said obama obama must reduce spending and overhaul entitlement programs. republicans then would be willing to back programs aimed at raising federal revenue
stations across the country to decide who will be their next president, democratic incumbent barack obama or republican challenger mitt romney. voters in the eastern state of virginia headed to the polls tuesday morning. people will cast ballots in 49 other states and washington, d.c. residents of two villages in the state of new hampshire got a jump on things. they cast ballots at midnight. people who live in dixville notch and hart's location have been the first to vote on election day since 1948. voters at the dixville notch put their ballots in the box at 12:00 a.m. officials counted them right away. >> for president, this has never happened before in dixville. we have a tie, five votes each. >> obama and romney didn't tie in hart's location. the president won 23-9. >>> election day is a little different this time around for people in the state of new york. the storm that hit the u.s. northeast put some polling stations out of commission. the governor is relaxing the rules so voters won't be shut out. andrew cuomo issued an executive order allowing residents in areas affected by the s
. the latest poll ahead of tuesday's vote suggests barack obama and his republican challenger mitt romney are almost tied. obama has 49% support. romney has 48%. the candidates dashed through key swing states over the weekend, including new hampshire. they are making their final arguments to voters. both campaigns are trying to lock in crucial electoral college votes. >> you know that i know what real change looks like, because i fought for it alongside you. i've got the scars to prove it. i've got the gray hair to show for it. >> romney hopscotched between the swing states of new hampshire, iowa, colorado and ohio. >> the question of this election comes down to this, you want four more years like the last four years or do you want real change? >> romney is also focusing on wisconsin, one toss-up state where obama is said to have a lead. and he is running more tv ads in pennsylvania, michigan and minnesota. both candidates are scheduled to spend time in ohio monday, the final day of campaigning. obama is leading there, which is not good for romney. no republican has won the presidency wit
. another question is asean's relationship with the u.s. the obama administration has a policy of working to counter the rise of china. how asean nations take part in that policy shift may have an impact. cambodia isn't the only country to feel the impact of china's spreading influence. economic, political, and military. if asean wants to cooperate with its neighbor on the equal footing, member states need to remain united and work with the united states. >> thank you very much, indeed, for that. speaking there to nhk world's phin chanda. u.s. president barack obama arrived here in cambodia on monday evening to attend the two-day east asia summit. on tuesday, he'll hold bilateral meetings with leaders including the prime minister of japan and the chinese premier as well. now, how will the united states respond to the growing presence of china here in southeast asia? well, we'll keep you updated as these delicate discussions continue. i'm patchari raksawong reporting from phnom penh. >>> patchari, thanks. barack obama made history before he arrived in cambodia. he became the first sitting
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